Episode 70 “Up and coming Restaurateurs”

May 17th, 2015


Today's episode we get to sit down with Cat and Jake of Toscanos. It's great when we get to sit down with friends from our daily routine to talk about the Valley, Food, and everything in between. We asked them to come on to the show as guests to talk about their newest venture, Toscanos Trattoria! At the time of taping, we weren't able to discuss the name of the venture, which made for some difficult conversational maneuvering, but we were able to cut to the details of becoming a restauratuer. It was a refreshing perspective, to be able to talk to people just getting into the restaurant business. Their nervous energy and obvious excitement are infectious, and it's hard to not get swept up in it. We are so happy for them and proud that they are able to start living their dreams in Food, and in the Valley! 

Toscanos Trattoria

Open: Dinner Daily, 5-9, Closed Sundays & Holiday

Web: http://www.toscanos.ca

Phone:1 (250) 890.7575,

Address140 Port Augusta, Comox, BC, V9M 0A1, Canada

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Episode 69 “Aprils Edible Valley”

April 28th, 2015

It's the recap episode! Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett look back and discuss the highlights in food in the Comox Valley for last month. They get into Dine Around, Springtoberfest, and more and reflect on their effectiveness and how well they were received. After touching in on current events, they look ahead to the month in front of us, touching on what we can expect over the next little while - mostly fact, with a little bit of the rumor mill. Give a listen and let us know what you think!

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Episode 68 “Locals Restaurant with Ronald St. Pierre”

April 21st, 2015

Today we have a special treat. Chef Ronald St. Pierre of Locals Restaurant sits down with us to discuss his illustrious and distinguished career as a Chef in the Comox Valley. Ronald takes us from his humble beginnings in rural Quebec to his star studded fame as local Chef and business owner extraordinaire. Give a listen as he touches on the progression of cuisine and dining from the seventies through to now. He also gives great measure to how important it is to shop and eat local. We couldn't agree more, Ronald! 


Locals Restaurant at the Old House



Address:      1760 Riverside Lane

  Courtenay  BC

  V9N 8C7

Phone: 250-338-6493

Email: info@localscomoxvalley.comS



11:00 am - 9:00 pm


10:00 am - 2:00 pm



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Episode 67 “Cumberland Brewery Company”

April 12th, 2015

On tonight's episode, Chef Jon and Darren got to sit down with Darren of the Cumberland Brewing Company (already affectionately referred to as the CBC). All I can say is 'Wow'. We really love the way they are moving here. It can be quite difficult these days to open up a new venue or restaurant and be unique enough to really stand out. But the CBC has done just that. In very imaginative ways, they have redefined what it means to be a neighborhood pub; by fully embracing the 'neighborhood' part! Cumberland is the perfect place to open such a community based pub, and we foresee nothing but success for them. Take a listen as Darren explains it all, it's impossible to not get swept up in it all! 

Phone: 250-400-2739 (BREW)

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Episode 66 “20 Years of Atlas Cafe with Trent McIntyre And Sandra Viney

April 6th, 2015

Tonight is a very special episode of the Edible Valley Podcast. As you may know, Chef Jonathan and Darren both work at the Atlas Cafe and although this podcast is not affiliated with Atlas, Trent and Sandra have given us endless support for what we do. Tonight, we've brought them into the studio to discuss everything, including Atlas's 20th anniversary which is right around the corner - April 24th! We dig back into the past and find out the secret history and origins of one of Courtenay's longest running restaurants, and touch on some of the hurdles that can be found along the way to running a successful restaurant. Cheers Atlas, and here's to 20 more.


Atlas Café is located in the hub of Downtown Courtenay.


Email: eat@atlascafe.ca


Address is:

Atlas Café

250 6th Street

Courtenay, BC V9N 1M1


8:30am to 9:30pm    Tuesday through Thursday

8:30am to 10pm       Friday and Saturday

8:30am to 3:30pm    Sunday

Closed                      Monday

breakfast is served until 2pm on weekends.

Closed on most public holidays

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Episode 65 “40 Knots Winery with Layne Robert Craig & Brenda Hetman-Craig”

April 1st, 2015

 Today, we got to sit down with Layne and Brenda of 40 Knots Winery. We had a wonderful time discussing not just their wine making, but what lead them down the road to wine making as a career. But beyond that, we talked about their impressive community involvement - the 40 knots social calendar is downright exhausting! And as you know, we love getting a chance to speak with community minded businesses!  



Email:  infoat40KnotsWinery@gmail.com

Phone: (250) 941-8810


Address is: 40 KNOTS WINERY

2400 Anderton Road,

Comox, BC V9M 4E5

Open Thursday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm (and most statutory holidays) 


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Episode 64 “Guerrilla Food Company with Jason”

March 22nd, 2015

Welcome Back! On this episode, we spoke with Jason of Guerrilla Food Company. Jason's gourmet pick-up take-out service is a novel addition to our Valley's burgeoning locally sourced food options. We talk to Jason about some of our favorite subjects: sourcing all local ingredients, starting a business from scratch, and providing the best meals possible to our wonderful Comox Valley. Take a second to listen - You can hear the passion in what he does come through. As always, please tell us what you think!  

Phone  250.703.0002. 

Address: 534 5th St.  Courtenay B.C.

Web: http://tgfc.ca

Email: freshinfo@tgfc.ca.

Monday to Thursday: 10am-7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 10am-9pm
Pizza Service: Fridays 4-9pm and Saturdays 12-9pm

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Episode 63 “Wayward Distillation House with Andrea Brimacombe”

March 18th, 2015

Andrea from Wayward Distillation House sits down with Chef Jon and Darren in this exuberant episode! This is our fair Valleys' newest public distiller, and they are off to an amazing start. Using honey as a base for all of their liquors (yes honey!), they've immediately distinguished themselves from all competitors. Listen to this intriguing story of how they came to be, and how they set their roots in the valley. We love what they have planned, especially the part about sourcing all local valley flavours for their infused vodka line. Let us know what you think!


2931 Moray Ave
Courtenay, BC V9N 7S7
tel: (250) 871-0424
Open Noon - 6pm daily

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Episode 62 “Max of the White Whale”

March 9th, 2015

  This week the boys are back in studio with Max Oudendag of the White Whale Public House and Oyster Bar. Chef Jon and Darren talk to Max about opening a new restaurant in the current Valley climate - its' ups, its' downs, and everything in between. They discuss future plans, missed steps and forging forward. And of course, the bounty of the Beautiful Comox Valley, and why this restaurant thrives in this specific environment.

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Open :11:30 am – late, 7 days a week
975 Comox Road
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3P7
PHONE :250-338-1468
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Episode 61 “March’s Edible Valley”

March 1st, 2015

  Welcome back to The Edible Valley Podcast! In this weeks episode, Chef Jon and Darren catch up for their first time in studio for 2015. They deliver a brief recap of the last few months, some discussion about what's going on this month - namely Dine Around the Comox Valley, and a glimpse at what's to come in the next few weeks, and a discussion on what the Valley's food scene is shaping up to look like over the next few years.

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